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WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 32  1st February 2020

Improvisation and Wildness with Sam Bailey

Delving deep into the unconscious and its relation to craft in talking with master improviser and musician. Improvisation is all about the tension between discipline and freedom; it is this tension that surrounds the creative process. So what does equal temperament - a tuning system - have to do with wildness? Well, quite a lot, in fact.


In this discussion, Sam details through piano-playing the taming of pitch and how the imposition of order on to wildness is always a compromise. Fascinating and illuminating; we are happy to present an episode of the WorldWild Podcast that embraces wildness in the arts. 



'If you leave things open, it invites people to step in and make meaning'

- Sam Bailey / ep.32


About Sam Bailey


Sam Bailey is a pianist, improviser, composer, educator, and promoter. His collaborative performances with dancers, poets, filmmakers, photographers, and indeed; foragers, have created dynamic pieces, including 'Eating Sound' in collaboration with our own Miles Irving. After gaining his Ph.D. in improvisation, Sam went on to set up Free Range in 2012, which has become an important gathering for the Canterbury artistic community. His latest album Shipwreck, he describes as ‘all the musical ideas that I’d suppressed over the past decade forcing themselves into the foreground and forming a piece despite my ego’s defensive dance’.

Further reading

About the show


We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!



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